Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

YOU, the Gala attending fundraiser

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm


Ever have a moment when something is over and you can’t believe it ever took place, even though you are driving away from it? Ever attended an event and yet during the car ride home, you can’t even find the words to talk about it? Now picture all this and then add the extra knowledge that it was a fundraiser held for YOU.

This happens every year at an annual event held in our honour. You leave it speechless; in awe of the philanthropic spirit of supporters who want to better the lives of others.

On Friday night, I attended an event called Evening to Remember, a third party like gala, held in support of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. In fact it was the seventh Evening to Remember held.

There are many reasons that this “Gala” is different from most fundraising galas. We have been very fortunate to have hosts of each event, which makes each year very unique. From grand floral arrangements to stunning ocean views, a 100 year old barn venue and surprise musical guests, Evening to Remember is an event that the Society could not hold if it were not for the prominent Nova Scotians who support us.

This year was no different. Our host, Rob Steele, invited people to his property in Halifax for a “whimsical and epic night, full of surprises.” In fact, we the fundraising staff didn’t even know what was in store for guests that night. Guests were given a clue based on this quote in the invitation:

     “Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,” Lewis Carroll, Alice  in Wonderland.

From actors dressed like the characters, to tables set with alarm clocks all set to go off at different times during the night; a tasty meal of treats from the land and sea and musical performances from surprise artists Tom Cochrane, Mary Walsh and the Court Yard Hounds the event was phenomenal.

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane

Mary Walsh

Mary Walsh

Court Yard Hounds

Court Yard Hounds

In the crowd were three previous hosts of Evening to Remember whose continued support we truly appreciate.There are several reasons that this event is one of our extremely popular third party activities:

  1. The host – as they open the doors to their homes, they bring a unique flavour each year, which changes the event each year.
  2. The event committee – a group of volunteers who come together to make all the calls to past attendees and potential attendees. This group is responsible for most of the ticket sales each year.
  3. The details – from our beautifully designed “Save the Dates” and invitations, to the wonderful caterers, to the option for guests to take private pre-arranged transportation. With an event like this, no stone in unturned.

As we try to reflect back on an awesome fundraiser this past Friday, we can’t thank enough our host Rob Steele. We also want to thank so many who support us each year: The team at Revolve who helps with our branding of the event, Jim Spatz and Bishop’s Cellar who ensures fine wines are served, Ambassatours who makes sure people are brought to the event in style, our volunteer ticket selling committee and of course, the guests.

Together you made the evening that is much more to remember; you have ensured that we will be able to reach even more families in our province, who are living the dementia journey and need support.

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